Expo Stage


Tuesday 5 September

10:00 – 10:20



Simon Humphries, Isuzu Australia Limited

Simon Humphries is a professional engineer with twenty five years’ experience in the heavy vehicle industry. Roles in this time include senior engineer and fleet manager of the Royal Australian Air Force vehicle fleet, Product Planning and Engineering Support Manager at Isuzu Australia, then Business Manager, East Coast for Wesfarmers LNG. Simon was Chief Technical Officer at the Truck Industry Council (TIC) for over three years from 2010 to 2013. He returned to Isuzu Australia in late 2013 to his current position.

Isuzu Australia Limited is the official importer and distributor for the Isuzu brand of trucks, which have been the Australian truck market leader for 28 years. Simon’s role is responsible for the specifications of the entire range of Isuzu trucks sold in Australia, including local testing, compliance, product development and technical support.

In addition to his Aeronautical Engineering degree from RMIT University, Simon completed a Master of Business Administration qualification in 2001 and is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences.

12:20 – 12:40


1:55 – 2:15


Jim O’Connell, Firefighters Mutual Bank

2:55 – 3:15


Geoff Van Der Kolk, The Workwear Group

Geoff Van der Kolk has learned a bit about workwear, uniforms and personal protective clothing over a 40 year industry career in job roles spanning technical and manufacturing management, through to divisional general management. Currently employed in new business development with Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety (WWG), Geoff has a background in fire, emergency services and military combat, dress, operational and PPC clothing.

4:05 – 4:25


Glen Beasley, Charles Sturt University

Glen Beasley is a Firefighter, who has served for 13 years in the Emergency Services Industry, both in a volunteer and professional capacity within public service and private enterprise. Glen has gained experience ranging from urban, suburban, rural, and industrial emergency response. His background includes aspects such as firefighting, rescue, hazmat, mines rescue, wild-land firefighting, emergency medical response, public education and emergency preparedness. While working as a Firefighter, Glen has also continued to expand his knowledge and scope of practice completing a Bachelor’s of Clinical Practice (Paramedicine) at Charles Sturt University Bathurst. As well as his firefighting duties, he is also currently working as a paramedic for the New South Wales Ambulance Service. Glen has a strong belief that it is important to push the industry forward by taking an evidence-based approach to find the best possible practice to improve safety whilst maintaining and refining efficacy. By doing so, Glen believes that not only is this improving the industry, it is also paying tribute to the firefighters that have forged this honourable and vital profession.

Wednesday 6 September

9:15 – 9:35


10:15 – 10:35


Abby Hannah, Stedfast

Abby Hannah joined Stedfast Inc in August 2015 following the completion of a BSc Biochemistry. Throughout her time at Stedfast she has managed business relations within the UK as well as Europe and Australia making an effort to speak to as many fire fighters on the ground as possible. Stedfast has been successful in securing tenders throughout the globe with advanced barrier technologies in sectors such as the fire service, military, police and medical. Abby has a wide knowledge of moisture barrier technology within the fire service sector and has a passion for the importance of moisture barriers within fire fighter PPE to ensure the safety of all fire fighters.

11:35 – 11:55


Ron Dobson, Retired Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade

Ron Dobson, was the London Fire Commissioner until 2016, leading the largest and busiest fire and rescue service in the United Kingdom; one of the largest firefighting and rescue organisations in the world.

He joined the London Fire Brigade in 1979, rising through the ranks before appointment as the Assistant Commissioner responsible for Operations Policy in 2000. In 2003, he took on the responsibility for Service Delivery and managed all of London’s day-to-day firefighting and rescue operations, and was senior operational commander for the Brigade’s response operations during the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. In 2007, Ron became Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade and worked to modernise the Brigade and improve performance and productivity, particularly in areas such as training and community fire safety.

Ron is a Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE), Co-opted Director on the IFE Board, and Past President of the IFE London Branch. He was also a Board member of Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), CFOA’s lead officer for fire & rescue service-related counter terrorist matters and a member of the Department of Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) Strategic Resilience Board. He was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for services to Local Government and, in 2011, was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Ron is a member of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters, a Freeman of the City of London and patron for the charity, Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust (RAFT).

12:35 – 12:55


Santiago Crespo, Columbia Helicopters, Inc.

Santiago joined Columbia Helicopters in May 2015 as the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. As VP of Business Development and Marketing, Santiago is responsible for developing and executing marketing strategies to position the company for growth in Aerial and MRO services.

Previously, Santiago was with Erickson Aviation as the VP and GM of Oil and Gas. He has also served as the Global Key Account Director for CHC Helicopter and as the Director of South American Sales and Marketing for Evergreen Helicopters. He holds an undergraduate degree from Catholic University in Ecuador and an MBA from University of Portland. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

Keith Saylor, Columbia Helicopters, Inc.

Keith Saylor earned his Commercial Pilot (Helicopter) and Flight Instructor ratings from Sacramento Executive Helicopters in 1994. He worked there as a flight instructor for three years prior to commencing his employment at Columbia Helicopters.

In 1997, Keith joined Columbia Helicopters as a BV-107 and BV-234 copilot on various projects including logging, firefighting, construction and oilfield support. He became a BV-107 Command Pilot in 2000 and a BV-234 Command Pilot in 2006. During his time at Columbia Helicopters, he has worked throughout the United States, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Mexico. Although he has experience in most aspects of Columbia Helicopters’ helicopter operations, he developed his knowledge and expertise in the areas of heavy helicopter firefighting and oil and gas support operations.

In early 2008, Keith accepted the position of Fire Operations Manager that included market development and oversight of Columbia’s firefighting operations. In July of 2014, he was promoted to Director of Commercial Operations. In this role, he has responsibility for the oil and gas and aerial firefighting business units, with direct oversight of those operations at all US and international locations.

2:00 – 2:20


Dr. Anthony Walker, ACT Fire & Rescue

Dr Anthony Walker (B.Ed, M.Ed, B.Sports Studies (Biomechanics), PhD) is a thermal physiologist and station officer with ACT Fire & Rescue, specialising in the occupational physiology of urban firefighters and other tactical personnel. His Phd, completed in 2015 was titled “Maximising the safety and performance of urban firefighters working in the heat.” With a growing international reputation as a leader in the field of occupational physiology, Dr Walker has extensive experience as both a firefighter and academic, with several peer-reviewed journal articles in international journals in addition to many presentations at national and international conferences. He is currently an adjunct researcher with both the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise and Bond University.